FSHA Holds Special ‘Time Capsule College Parade’

Flintridge Sacred Heart’s seniors had a twist added to the school’s traditional car decorating and Time Capsule Picnic events when the Alumnae Association helped host a Time Capsule College Parade in the social distancing era of COVID-19. Students showed their college spirit by decorating their cars, and they also received their alumnae gift bag, graduation dress, cap and gown during a parade of automobiles which ran between FSHA’s two parking lots. The celebration was “a great collaboration of many of the departments at the school, including Alumnae Relations, Facilities and Security, and High School Administration,” said Carmella Grahn, FSHA’s director of Advancement and Planning, who teamed with Breeana Koemans, the director of Alumnae Relations & Special Events.
“We wanted to celebrate the seniors,” said Grahn, noting that students were required to stay in their decorated cars while school personnel put each girls’ pick-up items in the auto’s trunk. “There were a lot of tears of joy, laughing…just an outpouring of emotions. It was really special; there was a lot of love. The students didn’t want to leave.”
FSHA President Sister Carolyn McCormack and Principal Sister Celeste Botello were joined by approximately 50 other school employees and teachers to honor the graduating seniors. There were also surprise appearances by first responders from the local Fire Department and Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station.

FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy President Sister Carolyn McCormack shakes hands with Susan Koleda, the city’s deputy director of community development, after the Planning Commission approved recommending the school’s modernization plans Tuesday.

After five years of discussion, revision and preparation, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s campus improvement plans appear primed to move forward following unanimous approval from the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission on Tuesday.
All that remains is for the City Council to give the go-ahead for the 86-year-old all-girls Catholic school to begin enacting its modernization plans.
“We started on this journey in 2012,” said Sister Carolyn McCormack, president of FSHA, after commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the plans. “Like all good journeys, there have been many challenges, many moments of concern, but through it all, it’s been an amazing team effort. This will really secure an even better education for our young women as we move beyond the 21st century.” Continue reading “FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster”

FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”

Kiwanis Club Hosts Clergy Recognition Day June 14

Sister Carolyn McCormack

Kiwanis of La Cañada will host Clergy Recognition Day on Wednesday, June 14, honoring Sister Carolyn McCormack of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
A native San Franciscan, McCormack has come to enjoy and appreciate life in beautiful Southern California. She attended elementary and high school in San Francisco. After a work experience with the Southern Pacific Railroad, she entered religious life with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, pursuing her bachelor’s from Holy Names University and her master’s from the University of San Francisco. She had spent most of her religious life in Northern California until being assigned to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in 2003.
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FSHA to Create Innovation Lab With Challenge Grant

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy recently received a major boost in its ongoing effort to build a curriculum and environment that meets the ever-changing standards of a 21st-century world. The all-girls college prep school has been awarded a $50,000 challenge grant by the Edward E. Ford Foundation that will support the research and development of an Innovation Lab — an on-campus hub specifically designed to foster collaboration, design thinking and project-based learning. Continue reading “FSHA to Create Innovation Lab With Challenge Grant”